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Time's Up, Alan

Time's Up, Alan

Will Wednesday's 5-3 defeat at Peterborough United be Alan Irvine's final game as Wednesday manager?

I write this article on the back of our fifth defeat in our last eight npower League One games.

Of those eight games, we've won just once and drawn the other two. Our two victories since the turn of the year have come in the FA Cup.

Of course, Wednesday's priority is with promotion back to the Championship this season, and the recent shocking form has left us seven points adrift of the top-six and in grave danger on missing out unless drastic changes are made.

Chairman change? Check. Player arrivals? Check. Manager?...

The defeat at London Road, although as disappointing as all the rest, is more worrying simply because it was half expected.

Yes, Wednesday didn't play awful, it was an improvement on some of the other dire performances that we've had to put up with in recent weeks.

But I can't still can't see beyond that 5-3 scoreline, ten men or not.

The thrashing at Exeter, followed by another defeat at Leyton Orient by a similar heavy scoreline were bad enough.

The Yeovil game seemed to be the straw that broke the camel's back, but it wasn't. Another chance, it seemed, for Irvine to put things right.

Irvine was in a no-win situation at the weekend, victory over lowly League Two side Hereford in the FA Cup was a must, and it was job done in that respect.

The clash with Posh was always the true test - a game away from home against a side also gunning for promotion this season.

The players said they were playing for the manager, this was the time to prove it.

Yet still we fall short. Another loss against a side battling for promotion. It's simply not good enough.

Irvine said before tonight's match that the first goal was key - and we got it. Yet we held on to it for minutes. It happened three times in one match.

I've been hoping, through bad result after bad result, that we could turn things around and that we could still make the play-offs this season, but that hope is dwindling rapidly.

Those rose tinted specs are wearing extremely thin.

Our new chairman must do something before it's too late, and now's the time to do it.

Irvine may be a nice bloke, Mandaric said he was one of the nicest himan beings that he's ever met in a Radio Sheffield interview, but we've had enough nice guys who just haven't been up to the task in years gone by.

We need change and we need it now.

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Writer:Nick
Date:Tuesday February 1 2011
Time: 11:22PM

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7 points off the play offs, 14 off 2nd place! Even at the start of the season we had the 2nd highest wage budget, before Milan came with is warchest. It's not a personal thing and I don't think he was the wrong man to appoint at the time, but I do think that with the squad at our disposal, we would have a better chance of promotion under a new manager. Sorry Alan, got to go...
north stand owl
01/02/2011 23:42:00
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Spot on nick
owls1961
01/02/2011 23:45:00
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Yeap spot on. He is a very mundane stubborn person. I expect nothing less than him to be gone by lunchtime tomorrow. Nothing personal just isn't manager material for me.
jamesc1905
01/02/2011 23:51:00
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Time's up he's had enough chances, get rid of him before the season is a write off. Get Hughton or O'Niell someone who's actually done something! Irvine is a nice bloke but that's not enough. We've got more chance of going down yet again rather than going up under him!!! It's shocking he's got no excuses he's got Mandaric's money he's brought in his own players and he's still no where near good enough!!! Get rid now Mandaric and bring someone in with a good record or experience. O'Niell would be ideal!!! Get him before someone else does.
WhoNeedsKaka
02/02/2011 00:12:00
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Where's all the AI Irvine lovers? Come on let's here how we should get behind this man and give our support! Got to go!
OWL25
02/02/2011 01:32:00
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MM made commitment through January. Now that it's Feb. that time is up. AI's a terrific bloke, but, man... we can't afford to go down every further.
Colorado Owl
02/02/2011 02:59:00
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Couldn't have put it better myself Nick! Really like Irvine as a person but as a manager he's not the man to take the club up the leagues. With all the new signings over the past 6 months I worry if anybody knew would have the same problem integrating new signings but fresh impetus and ideas are a must. This is not a knee-jerk reaction and at the end of the day Irvine was as much to blame for taking us down as anyone else.
TheDon1974
02/02/2011 06:12:00
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Most teams when they go down to ten men shut up shop and go ultra defensive espeicially when they can go away with a 1 point Or 3 and don't normally give 3 goals, Yeovil went away with a point with 2 sent off! Heads dropped again last night, no confidence and how can they gain confidence with a leader who hasn't got a personality or no idea! Best not say or boo too much since I'm a moron for venting my frustration! Ssshhhhhh!
OWL25
02/02/2011 08:55:00
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If we lose sat we could be 10 points off the playoffs, act now MM, Irvine is not the man to lead us now or long term
Aston_Owl
02/02/2011 09:32:00
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AI will be gone by the weekend I'm sure of it, MM isn't stupid and getting in the play-offs is a must, don't look like achieving that at the moment. What good is winning the FA Cup but getting relegated to league 2!!!! No team will do anything conceding the amount of goals we are at the moment, getting rid of Purse hasn't solved that has it all you Purse haters out there who blamed him for every goal we conceded!!! I haven't seen the incident but as soon as Potter went off I knew we'd lose, I've got about as much confidence in the team at the moment as the players have, new manager now urgently needed. All calling for Martin O'Neil need to wake up, can't see a cat in hells chance of him coming to us, MM might be able to work miracles but that is surely a stretch too far. Still if it happens I will doff my cap to the great man.
sussexowl
02/02/2011 10:22:00
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